The Rio Salado Teacher Certification Program is designed to meet the requirements for an Arizona Provisional teaching certificate. All out-of-state students are responsible for verifying that the state where they intend to teach will accept an Arizona teaching certificate and/or Rio Salado’s Teacher Certification Program toward an initial teaching certificate. Requirements for initial certification may be different from those required by licensed, experienced teachers. Reciprocity agreements may apply to experienced educators transferring a certificate, but may not apply to candidates seeking initial licensure.
Note: The Rio Salado Teacher Certification program will NOT meet initial teacher certification requirements in the following states: Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. These states require that teacher prep programs have NCATE certification and/or University level course work.
Specific requirements for teacher certifications and endorsements vary state to state. Please click on the state where you intend to teach to view its requirements.
After out-of-state students verify that the state where they intend to teach will accept an Arizona teaching certificate and/or Rio Salado’s Teacher Certification Program toward an initial teaching certificate, the following will need to be completed:
- Speak to a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor to establish an academic program plan. Also request from the Academic Advisor the Teacher Education orientation materials and DVD. Contact Rio Salado College Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.
- Out-of-state students need to obtain fingerprint/background clearance to participate in in-person practicums at a school/district in your area. Please read the information regarding fingerprint and background clearance and download the Fingerprint/Background Check Verification Form.
- Many Rio Salado Teacher Education courses have mid-terms and finals. Out-of-state students will need to locate an accredited university, college, or military base to have exams proctored. Please read the Proctor Information for Rio Salado Students and be sure to submit the Proctor Request Form during the first week of each Teacher Education course.